August 20, 2014

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Grant gets renovations back on track for depot

ELYRIA — Work will continue on the New York Central train depot thanks to a $400,000 federal grant.
The money will be used to cover a funding shortfall with the second phase of the project, which includes the mechanical and electrical system of the building, and will cost an estimated $3.3 million, county Administrator James Cordes said. The first phase which stabilized the building gutted the interior cost more than
$1.4 million.
With the new money from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the renovation could be completed as early as 2011 because the third and fourth phases will deal mostly with upgrades to the interior of the facility, Cordes said.
Plans for the project began in 2001, but the county has been forced to wait for outside money to dribble in.
“Operating within spending limitations has been a struggle, but we’ve continued on because we’re using outside dollars to help inside Lorain County,” Cordes said.